During the day Anthony is a Director of Charities & Private Clients for Charles Stanley, a relatively sedentary activity, whose main form of exercise is cycling the 6 miles from Holland Park to the office and back. This has, to date, been his main experience of long distance cycling.
Anthony is the Deputy Chairman of St Andrew’s and has been directly involved with the Club for the last five years, but is the third generation of the Scott family to be a trustee. Supported by his wife, Diana, and three children, all of whom hope that he will finish the challenge looking a little trimmer than at present (or words to that effect). To date the nearest that he has come to a challenge of this type was running the London Marathon in 2002, which he managed to complete in three hours and seventy minutes. Ten years later and the challenge is five times greater.
Barry is a proud Londoner and Chairman of St Andrew’s, which did a great deal for him when he was a boy. As a young member of the Club, Barry was accorded the honour of walking the Club’s banner down the aisle of Westminster Abbey for the Club’s centenary, in 1966. After a career in communications, he is now a full-time writer and his novel, The Pimlico Kid, is to be published by Harper Collins. He has done precious little cycling of late but in former times once rode very slowly to the top of Mont Ventoux. He is married with two daughters. He has an abiding admiration for most things French and two things Belgian: Eddy Merkx and Audrey Hepburn.
Magnus is the youngest rider in the St Andrews to St Andrew’s peloton at a positively youthful 40. He is married to Clare and has a very energetic four year old, Harry to keep him busy. Magnus is a bit of a cycling nut and can be found at the weekends lapping Regent’s Park or doing the Richmond Park loop. By day he is employed as a spin doctor at Charles Stanley in London where he’s Head of Press & Public Relations. Magnus has never really shone at anything athletic, has never run a marathon or even had any inkling to and was always last in the school cross-country races so this trip is a massive undertaking. He’s trained hard all winter, commutes to work by bike and is looking forward to getting out on the open road.
Born on the day St Andrew’s Club opened in its new premises following destruction in WW2, the Club has always been part of Paul Whittle’s life. A member since childhood, Paul has been general manager of the Club for 28 years. A father of six and grandfather of one, Paul has had to keep in good physical fitness to look after his own children and his extended family of St Andrew’s members (many thousands have come through the doors during Paul’s tenure as manager). Paul has been a football coach for the duration of his career at St Andrew’s; he is much more comfortable on the pitch than on a bike and this journey will be a real challenge for him. He had hoped that his first visit to St Andrew’s Scotland would be to the golf course rather than on a bicycle but is looking forward to the adventure and hopes to raise lots of valuable funds for the Club.